British television sweeps international Emmy awards

NEW YORK, Nov 19, 2007 (AFP) – Britain swept the international Emmy awards for excellence in television late Monday, picking up seven top awards at a gala ceremony in New York that also honored former US vice president Al Gore. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the largest organization of broadcasters in the world, with members from nearly 70 countries and more than 400 companies.

“It’s a lucky evening for us,” British actor, writer and wit Stephen Fry said after picking up an award for his documentary on bipolar disorder, using the opportunity to pay tribute to Britain’s public service broadcaster.

“We’re lucky to have this institution, the BBC, and that’s helped generations of people” in television, he said.

Britain’s Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent shared the best actor award while historian Simon Schama picked up the prize for best arts programming. British programs also won the comedy, drama and non-scripted entertainment categories.

“Death of a President,” British director Gabriel Range’s controversial tale about the imagined assassination of US President George W. Bush, filmed in documentary style, won the best television movie award.

The final award of the night went to Gor